All posts tagged: Reading

The Joys of Reading

As ever, I’m as curious to know what book—if there was one single book—that turned you into a reader? Where you just knee-high to a grasshopper when you started (as I was) or did your reading life start later? For me, I’d been reading from a very early age as my father (a voracious reader himself) was the one who took us every week—come rain or shine—to our nearest library. And while I was probably want to read anything to hand, or that was put in front of me, the first book I remember that really struck a distinct cord with me was, HAVE SPACESUIT WILL TRAVEL (originally pub. 1958), the last YA novel from the master of SF himself, Robert A. Heinlein. After that, there was no turning back for me. I read SF almost exclusively from that point forward right up into my late 20 if not, my early 30s. Starting with, of course, everything Heinlein had in print at the time, and thereon afterwards. And you, dear reader?

Join The Club

Following up from yesterday’s post about declaring I was a Book Addict, I spent the evening reading and thinking about how my TBR never seems to shrink. No matter how hard I try, my reading never quite catches up with my buying so that, sometimes, the pile resembles a mini mountain rather than a book pile. But I’m sure I’m not alone in this habit. Anyone who loves reading has, I’m sure, a TBR that teeters on the point of becoming an avalanche. Which then got me to thinking about creating something fun for all us addicts (as we laugh about our habit) and decided on a ‘club’ of sorts. Albeit, a club with no real structure or rules. But a club nonetheless with a rather spiffy badge. Something for addicts to place on their website, or blog, declaring they too are a part of the movement, and Proud Members of Book Addicts Anonymous. What do you think? Would you like to be a Proud Member of Book Addicts Anonymous? If the answer is yes, …

The Best Of

What I find amusing about book lists are those 100 Books You Should Read in Your Lifetime kind … you know, the list of books (a) you’ve never heard of, and (b) will never read even if you lived a million years, or (c) only read at school because you were forced too. Leaving you wondering how so many of them ended up on a Best Of list to begin with. I mean, no one has ever asked me for my nominations. And just because ten people say that they like a book, doesn’t mean there are not 25,000 others who hated it but were never asked their opinion. Personally, while I’ve read well over several hundred books, I would still be hard pressed to find 100 to list as being the ‘best-of’ or ‘must-reads’. Our reading experiences are so subjective, I bet many of us would be in the same position. Ask yourself, out of all the books you’ve read, how many did you really, truly, deep down, like, and how many did you …

My 50 Book Challenge

I was hoping for BIG things last year, and had set myself a doable target of reading 50 books in 2017. Especially given I can read a book in 1-2 days. Sad to say, I never reached my goal, and fell short of even the halfway mark by one book. Managing only 24 books. Next to 2016, my worse year to date. I blame it on a kidney stone that decided it needed to move after growing to a very uncomfortable 9 x 11 mm. I lost three months to that one tiny inconvenient stone. 2016, btw, was also a disastrous year for reading in which I lost half the year to ill health. And while you think being ill would be a perfect excuse for sitting quietly somewhere, reading. It’s not always the case. A brain seizure has a way of putting you out of action. So, of course, Vegetable self just wasn’t up to reading. My aim this year—though that aim has wavered for the first quarter of this year—is to try again …